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BWW Exclusive: Benjamin Grier Receives 13th Street Rep's Matthew Nardozzi AwardBWW Exclusive: Benjamin Grier Receives 13th Street Rep's Matthew Nardozzi Award
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Benjamin Grier--currently co-starring in, and serving as dance captain for Chip Deffaa's musical comedy 'Mad About the Boy' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater--has won the theater's 'Matthew Nardozzi Award,' which recognizes professionalism, a strong work ethic,  and reliability, as well as talent. Nardozzi flew up from Florida to present Grier with the honor.  ASCAP  Award-winner Deffaa, the theater's most widely produced playwright, emceed the award ceremony, the first of several award ceremonies to be held at the theater this year.   (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Jon Peterson to Mark 10th Anniversary Starring in GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!; Script Set for Release FridayBWW Exclusive: Jon Peterson to Mark 10th Anniversary Starring in GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!; Script Set for Release Friday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Jon Peterson has a lot to celebrate right now. Peterson, who won numerous honors when he starred in Chip Deffaa's Off-Broadway musical play 'George M. Cohan Tonight!' at the Irish Repertory Theater, will celebrate on Friday his tenth year of starring in the show, which--since its debut in New York--has taken him all across the country. (more...)

13th Street Rep to Hold 'Teach-In' on Gay Theater After MAD ABOUT THE BOY, 4/2613th Street Rep to Hold 'Teach-In' on Gay Theater After MAD ABOUT THE BOY, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will present a teach-in on the history of gay musical theater, and gay songs in pop music, following the performances next Sunday (April 26th) at 2 pm and 7 pm of its current hit musical 'Mad About the Boy.' The presentation will be moderated by ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa (creator of 'Mad About the Boy'), and will feature members of the cast, joined by a special surprise guest. (more...)

Exclusive: 13th Street Theater to Celebrate Bessie Smith This WeekendExclusive: 13th Street Theater to Celebrate Bessie Smith This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will honor the woman widely considered to be the world's greatest blues singer by making Sunday, April 19th, 'Bessie Smith Day.' The theater will be offering free admission to its new hit show, 'Mad About the Boy' (which includes a tribute to Smith) to anyone who can sing a chorus of a song recorded by Smith. ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa, who's created and produced 'Mad About the Boy,' will also award prizes to those who do the best job of singing Smith's songs. Deffaa--who profiled Smith in the book 'Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance' (Sourcebooks, Inc.) and has lectured on her (most recently at the University of Idaho)--will be the judge, assisted by members of his theater company. (more...)

MAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold TalkbacksMAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa will host talkback sessions--in which audience members can ask any questions they wish of the cast or creative team--after the following performances of his new musical comedy 'Mad About the Boy' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). (more...)

Casting Announced for MAD ABOUT THE BOYCasting Announced for MAD ABOUT THE BOY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

Casting has been announced for ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaaa€s next musical production, a€oeMad About the Boy,a€ which is set to open April 12th at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 W. 13th Street. (more...)

13th Street Repertory Theater to Host IRVING BERLIN TEACH-IN, 11/2313th Street Repertory Theater to Host IRVING BERLIN TEACH-IN, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will present an 'Irving Berlin Teach-In,' immediately following the Sunday (November 23rd) matinee performance of Chip Deffaa's 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue.' The 'Ragtime Revue,' which has been selling out at the theater, will begin at 3 pm. The teach-in is expected to begin at 4:30 pm. Michael Townsend Wright, who previously co-starred at the theater with Giuseppe Bausilio in 'Irving Berlin's America' (as seen in the photo) will be one of the special guests at the teach-in, singing a rare Berlin ballad as well as sharing recollections and insights. (Wright may also be heard on the cast album for 'Irving Berlin's America,' which includes some never-before-recorded material.) Surprise guests with ties to Berlin and his world will be joining Wright, the cast of 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,' pianist Richard Danley, and playwright Chip Deffaa in the teach-in. (more...)

'IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE to Record Cast Album'IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE to Record Cast Album
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa's 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue'-currently playing at the 13th Street Theater in repertory with Deffaa's long-running 'One Night with Fanny Brice'--is to receive a cast recording. The cast album will feature all of the singing actors currently appearing in the show: Rayna Hirt, Ken Adams, Michael Cyzz, Maite Uzal, Michael Kasper, Jonah Barricklo, Emily Bordonaro, Missy Dreier, K.W. Andersson; Andrew Lanctot, Ann Marie Calabro, Brandon Pollinger, and Timmy Thompson, with musical direction by Richard Danley. Deffaa will produce the album; Slau Halatyn will be the recording engineer; with production to begin later this month at Be-Sharp Studios in Astoria. The album will be released in the United States on the Original Cast Records label. It will be the sixth show of Deffaa's to get a cast album. (more...)

Carolyn Montgomery-Forant to Guest Star in 13th Street Rep's THE IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUECarolyn Montgomery-Forant to Guest Star in 13th Street Rep's THE IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

Award-winning cabaret, theater, and concert star Carolyn Montgomery-Forant will be a special guest at select performances of 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). Montgomery-Forant-who has won the MAC Award, the Bistro Award, and the New York Nightlife Award--will take time out from her own concert schedule to make guest appearances in the revue at the following performances: Sunday, November 16th at 3 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday November 23rd at 3 p.m. (more...)

13th Street Rep to Welcome Special Guests for Talkbacks13th Street Rep to Welcome Special Guests for Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa will be joined by special guests, including noted showbiz biographer Herb Goldman, writer/entertainer Brian Gari, and actor Michael Townsend Wright, for special audience 'talkback' sessions, following select performances of Deffaa's shows 'One Night with Fanny Brice' and 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,' which are playing in repertory this fall at the 13th Street Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). (more...)

13th Street Repertory Theater's IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE to Open 11/913th Street Repertory Theater's IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE to Open 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

When ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa's "The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue" opens November 9th at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC), it will include some Berlin rarities and rediscoveries unheard in a century, including some never-recorded Berlin numbers. (more...)

THEATER BOYS Being Recorded for Three ProjectsTHEATER BOYS Being Recorded for Three Projects
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Audiences attending the musical comedy 'Theater Boys' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater might notice a camera or two--or three!--filming this week. Brian Gari is shooting an archival video of the entire two-hour show; Sam Donnenberg continues on-location shooting for his documentary about the making of the show, 'For the Theater'; and award-winning independent filmmaker Max Galassi, from Newtown, Connecticut, will be shooting a short film in connection with the show. (more...)

13th Street Rep's THEATER BOYS Cast Album Out Today13th Street Rep's THEATER BOYS Cast Album Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2014

Famed gossip columnist Liz Smith -- 'the Grande Dame of Dish' -- has won countless honors, including an Emmy Award, in her long career. But she's never before been depicted on the stage. In 'Theater Boys' -- the new musical comedy by ASCAP Award-winner Chip Deffaa, now playing at the 13th Street Repertory Theater -- she's not only a character in the show, she's the subject of a whole song about her, a rousing fast-boogie simply titled 'Liz Smith.' That song will also be heard on the show's cast album (sung by Ricky Schroder and the ensemble), being released today, October 18th. (more...)

13th Street Rep's THEATER BOYS Cast Album Out 10/1813th Street Rep's THEATER BOYS Cast Album Out 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Famed gossip columnist Liz Smith -- "the Grande Dame of Dish" -- has won countless honors, including an Emmy Award, in her long career. But she's never before been depicted on the stage. In "Theater Boys" -- the new musical comedy by ASCAP Award-winner Chip Deffaa, now playing at the 13th Street Repertory Theater -- she's not only a character in the show, she's the subject of a whole song about her, a rousing fast-boogie simply titled "Liz Smith." That song will also be heard on the show's cast album (sung by Ricky Schroder and the ensemble), being released October 18th. (more...)

Playwright Chip Deffaa to Have Four NYC Runs This YearPlaywright Chip Deffaa to Have Four NYC Runs This Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2014

Most playwrights would be happy to have one script of theirs produced in New York in a year. "Theater Boys"--which opens tomorrow, September 21st at the 13th Street Repertory Theater--is the third show by ASCAP award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa to open this year. (more...)

THEATER BOYS to Offer TalkbacksTHEATER BOYS to Offer Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will offer talkbacks--in which audience members can ask any questions they like of the actors, playwright, and choreographers-after select performances of ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy, "Theater Boys." The show-about actors auditioning for a gay musical--opens Sunday, September 21st. Talkbacks will held after the following performances: Sunday, September 21st at 3 p.m; Thursday, September 25th at 7 pm; Sunday, September 28th at 3 p.m.; Thursday, October 2nd at 7 pm; Sunday, October 5th at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Oct 9th at 7 pm; Sunday, October 12th at 3 p.m; Thursday October 16th at 7 p.m.; Thursday, October 23rd at 7 pm; Sunday, October 26th at 3 pm. (more...)

13th Street Rep Launching THEATER BOYS Show and CD13th Street Rep Launching THEATER BOYS Show and CD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2014

It's the biggest, most ambitious undertaking in years for the historic 13th Street Repertory Theater, at 50 West 13th Street, NYC. On September 21st, they'll be launching ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy "Theater Boys"-and also, during the run, the cast album for the show. (more...)

Casting Announced for Chip Deffaa's New Show THE IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUECasting Announced for Chip Deffaa's New Show THE IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's forthcoming production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa's new show "The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue." The show, which opens November 9th, will be the third production of Deffaa's to play this year at the 13th Street Theater. (more...)

Casting Announced for Off-Broadway's IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUECasting Announced for Off-Broadway's IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's forthcoming production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa's new show "The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue." The show, which opens November 9th, will be the third production of Deffaa's to play this year at the 13th Street Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC, www.13thstreetrep.org); the others are Deffaa's "One Night with Fanny Brice" and "Theater Boys," playing in repertory at the theater this fall. (more...)

THEATER BOYS to Premiere at 13th Street Rep this FallTHEATER BOYS to Premiere at 13th Street Rep this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy 'Theater Boys.' The show, which opens September 21st, will run in repertory this fall at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC,,www.13thstreetrep.org), along with Deffaa's musical play 'One Night with Fanny Brice' (starring Chloe Brooks), and Israel Horovotz's 'Line' (now in its 40th year at the theater), which is New York's longest-running production. A cast album for 'Theater Boys'--now in the works--will be released in October. And the Rep, according to founder/artistic director Edith O'Hara, has plans to present two additional shows by Deffaa, following 'Theater Boys.' (more...)

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